8 Home Gym Essentials You Need to Start Your New Year's Resolutions Off Right

There's no better time to start working toward your fitness goals than the beginning of a new year. We've rounded up a list of workout essentials you need to create your own home gym.

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Marcy Kettle Weight Set

If you're just starting weight training, this set of kettlebells can be used to work multiple parts of the body. It comes with three stainless steel weights with vinyl covers (5, 10, and 15 pounds) that are color coded so you can quickly identify which is which. Use them to work your triceps and biceps, or hold one as you do squats for a more challenging workout. ($60; walmart.com)

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Yoga Mat

Whether you're using it to master new yoga poses or need extra cushion for ab workouts, this yoga mat deserves a spot in your gym. At 4.2cm thick this grippy yoga mat provides comfort and improves stability, and its sleek white hue will match practically any other gear you have. When you're done using it, simply wipe it clean and roll it up for easy storage. ($100; aloyoga.com)

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Resistance Band Set

With this set of resistance bands you'll be able to get in some exercise anywhere you go—even if you're not home. Keep it in your home gym for everyday use, and before heading out on a business trip or vacation pack them in your travel bag so you don't have to skip a workout. It comes with five bands, each in a different color corresponding to its strength level. Yellow and green have low resistance, red and blue have medium resistance, and black provides the most resistance at 16 to 20 pounds. ($25; amazon.com)

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Fitness Gear Cast Hex Dumbbell Set

No home gym is complete without cast iron dumbbells, and this set has everything you need to take strength training to the next level. They feature a hex shape construction to prevent rolling and grippers for full hand control. The set includes pairs of 10-, 15-, 20-, 25-, and 30-pound weights to add more versatility to your fitness routine. They are great for working your arms, back, chest, and legs. ($200; dickssportinggoods.com)

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Weighted Body Bar

If spending hundreds of dollars on a squat rack isn't in your budget, we suggest starting with a weighted body bar. There are eight weights to choose from (5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 20, 25, and 30 pounds), and as you progress you can upgrade to a new size. Each one is made from durable stainless steel, and it comes with a five-year warranty. Use them to intensify core exercises, lunges, Pilates, and more. (from $16; walmart.com)

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Sunny Health & Fitness Exercise Ball

One of the most affordable and versatile items on our list of must-haves is this exercise ball. It's made with sturdy, anti-burst material and helps enhance your balance and coordination. Not only is it great for yoga and core workouts, it can be used for stretching, too. ($15; bedbathandbeyond.com)

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Gaiam Foam Roller

Reduce sore muscles and by adding this Gaiam foam roller to your home gym. The durable foam has a semi-firm texture that helps release muscle tension, restore soft tissue, expand your range of motion, and more. It even comes with a 25-minute how-to video that shows you different ways to use it so you can get the most out of your recovery. Bonus: Check out how you can use it for flat abs, too. ($18; target.com)

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Gold's Gym Trainer Treadmill

If you're going to splurge on one piece of equipment in your home gym, make it a treadmill. Treadmills encourage you to do cardio no matter what the weather is like outside—and this one comes with a built-in iFit coach. It tracks your progress, has incline controls, and speed settings like most treadmills, but this machine takes your experience to a new level. It features preset workouts and uses Google Maps to make your workout more lifelike by allowing you to choose your route, showing you the scenery along the way. Note: Assembly is required for this machine. ($379, usually $600; walmart.com)

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